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He was brought across in 1228; preyed on humans for their blood. Now he wants to be mortal again, to repay society for his sins. To emerge from his world of darkness. From his endless... forever night.

Airing from 1992 through 1996, this series examined the plight of Nicholas Knight, an 800 year old vampire who is determined to reclaim his humanity. In the meantime, he works as a homicide detective in Toronto, Canada; he is assisted in both by his coroner (and sometimes-love interest) Natalie. His efforts are mocked and sometimes thwarted by his former cohort Janette and their maker, LaCroix.

Each story has a Flashback B-Plot, usually taken from Nick's 800 years of backstory, relating thematically and occasionally directly to the main plot.

Bears no relation with the recurring antagonistic group from the Ben 10 franchise.


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  • 10-Minute Retirement: When Janette ups and leaves without telling him and a Mad Bomber kills his partner Schanke, Nick thinks it's time to move on and turns in his badge. Given that a Hotter and Sexier vampire/cop duo have just been introduced, it's even plausible to the audience that he might do so. Fortunately the Mad Bomber strikes again, activating Nick's Chronic Hero Syndrome.
  • AB Negative: They actually not only get the blood type info right, saying Schanke, who is AB+, "can take anything but motor oil," while O- can only receive O-, it's involved in a plot point, too. The killer's mother had died from hepatitis contracted from a blood transfusion, which slipped through the screening process; he was taking out only O- donors who could have been the source.
  • Accidental Bid: Subverted; Nick really is bidding on the item, but his partner Schanke, who doesn't yet know that Nick is insanely wealthy, thinks he's doing it by accident.
  • Acquired Poison Immunity: Natalie tries to wean Nick off his vampirism (which she thinks is mostly psychological) by encouraging him to eat small amounts of food, take garlic pills and use a sunbed. He's also shown touching candle flames and exposing himself to religious symbols to deal with his fear of them. In the past just trying to touch a cross caused Nick's hand to burst into flame, whereas now he only gets a minor burn. This proves useful when he's able to ward off LaCroix by holding a cross; even though it should effect Nick just as much, LaCroix breaks and flees before he does. However in a later episode Natalie accuses Nick of not actually taking the supplements she's been recommending and only paying lip service to his desire to stop drinking blood, showing there are limits to this approach.
  • Action Series: It's a crime drama so there's obviously a showdown with a mad bomber or a serial killer about once every episode or two.
  • Addiction-Powered: Natalie once found a drug that could cure Nick's vampirism, but it turned out to be addictive and only remained effective with greater and greater doses.
  • All in the Eyes: When vamped out, there is often a bar of light highlighting the eyes.
  • Amnesia Episode: In "Night in Question", a head injury makes Nick forget he's a vampire. He eats regular food for a while, but when he goes out in the sun it still burns, and Natalie has to tell him the truth.
  • And You Were There in a Nightmare of Normality:
    • "Curiouser and Curiouser". A woman is killed in The Raven when Nick botches taking down a pair of shotgun-armed robbers. Nick proceeds to hallucinate a world in which LaCroix has been murdered, The Raven is run by Cohen, Janette is his wife and the mother of his child, and Natalie is his captain and mistress.
    • In the novel Intimations of Mortality, a magical item gives Nick dreams of a world in which most people are vampires, including Natalie, and his vampire acquaintances are the human resistance.
  • Artifact of Doom: The Black Buddah statuette which Nick thinks caused the sinking of the Titanic and the airplane bombing that killed his partner and captain. We're never given any evidence that this is true however, but Nick decides to drop it in the middle of the Atlantic just in case.
  • Ascended Demon: Your classic possession.
  • Aside Comment: In "The Human Factor", LaCroix addresses the fourth wall while speaking as the Nightcrawler. He appears to be doing the same in "Last Knight", but it's actually a speech he's giving to Nicholas and we're seeing events from his POV.
  • The Atoner: Nick has given up drinking from humans, and becomes a police officer to make up for all those he's killed.y
  • Back for the Dead: Janette was Put on a Bus at the beginning of season three, but came back to announce that being with a mortal lover had made her mortal too. Unfortunately she's shot dead by the Villain of the Week and refuses Nick's offer of an Emergency Transformation.
  • Backstory: Provided in flashbacks of Nick's long life that relate to the present-day story of the episode.
  • Badass Long Robe: Worn by Lucien LaCroix in flashback scenes, often with a High Collar of Doom (probably a Bela Lugosi Shout-Out). In the present day he prefers a Badass Longcoat and loses the unfashionable collar.
  • Been There, Shaped History:
    • LaCroix claims "I taught Nero the tune, and together we watched Rome burn." He also ordered the execution of Grigori Rasputin to help bring about the Russian Revolution. Averted when LaCroix meets Adolf Hitler, briefly considers turning him, then changes his mind—decades later he wonders how history might have been changed if he'd gone ahead.
    • One of Nick's previous personas was as an archaeologist who discovered several artifacts that reshaped our understanding of ancient cultures and was brought before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee for suspicion of being a Communist. He was also on the Titanic when it sunk and at Woodstock with The Grateful Dead.
    • Nick met Joan of Arc at various stages of her life—as peasant girl, warrior and martyr. He implies that he helped Ludwig van Beethoven write his symphonies when the composer started going deaf, and has a painting of Janette by Leonardo da Vinci.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy:
  • Blatant Lies: It's a bit ridiculous that almost nobody in the police ever suspects that Nick is a vampire, but the show is self-aware and pokes fun at that fact. A flashback to his early days as a police officer in Chicago show Nick basically hypnotised his way into the force.
    Captain Stonetree: Look, I've been doing you a lot of favors: You say you're allergic to sunlight, so I put you on the night shift. Then you say you wanna work alone. My instincts are kicking in me in the face, but I say, "Okay, let him work alone." But I am not gonna postpone this investigation when the sun comes up!
    • Some of the excuses Nick and Natalie come up with for Schanke's benefit are this, like claiming that a body was drained of four pints of blood due to 'evaporation' from a nearby fire.
  • Bloody Horror: When Nick tries to kick his addiction, he has a nightmare of himself confessing his Blood Lust at a Tropaholics Anonymous meeting, whereupon blood starts oozing out of the podium.
  • Breaking Speech: LaCroix gives mini-versions of these several times throughout the show, then it gets inverted during the Downer Ending, when LaCroix tries to convince Nick that he'll get over Natalie's death eventually. Needless to say, it doesn't work.
  • Bus Crash: Schanke and Cohen die offscreen between seasons 2 and 3.
  • The Bus Came Back: Janette left the series after Season 2, returning to guest-star in the Season 3 episode "The Human Factor".
  • Butt-Monkey: Nick isn't above trolling Schanke, who in turn isn't happy over the way Nick keeps outshining him. In "Partners of the Month" he finally lets lose his resentment over being Always Second Best to Nick, who makes up with him by letting Schanke arrest the Villain of the Week while keeping his own intervention secret.
  • Canada Does Not Exist:
    • The series was set in Toronto (and characters do talk about being in Canada often enough, with a lot of Canadian terminology, e.g. the "Crown" for the prosecutor, thrown in), but so downplayed that you had to have the deductive powers of Sherlock Holmes to actually notice it. The police force is simply the "Metropolitan Police," without mention of Toronto. Police uniforms and badges are made to look generically American, with the distinct features of the Metropolitan Toronto Police uniforms (such as the red trim on the hats and red stripes on pants) left out. Interestingly, the Ontario provincial flag is far more visible on the show than the Canadian flag. Presumably because Americans are not so familiar with Canadian provincial flags than with the national flag?
    • Honorable exception for "Capital Offense", which focuses on the issue of an escaped American convict facing the death penalty back home. The CN Tower is also used fairly regularly, including a prominent appearance in the credits sequence.
    • Another (near) honorable exception in case of "False Witness" where the workings of the Canadian legal system are on full display, along with the flags of Ontario and Canada in the courtroom. However, unlike the normal practice in Canada, the accused and the defense counsel sat together (although this does sometimes take place). Usually, the accused would be sitting alone, sometimes in a "prisoner's box."
    • RCMP (the Mounties) shows up quite a lot on the show, whenever the scope of the case goes beyond that of the local police department, but unlike their usual portrayal on American TV shows, they NEVER appear in their red dress uniform.
    • Formal photographs of Queen Elizabeth II (Canada's titular sovereign) can be seen on the walls of the station's offices in several episodes. However, the queen's portraits and Canadian flags are usually located so that the viewer would miss them unless they were paying close attention.
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: Nick and Natalie can't have sex; vampire/human sex generally ends with a dead human. In the series finale, they try it anyway. Bad idea.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Nick seemingly hardly ever wakes up without blood-sweat on his forehead.
  • Celebrity Is Overrated: In the episode "Dying for Fame", Nick and Schanke are watching rock star Rebecca at a concert. Schanke ponders what it must be like to be up there on stage with a thousand screaming fans; Nick says "lonely". Rebecca later lets her record label claim that a backup dancer killed at a show was her so that she can have a normal life in obscurity.
  • Children Are Innocent: Even as a human LaCroix had embraced his own evil, but couldn't stand to see it reflected and amplified in his own daughter Divia.
  • Chinese Vampire: Nick Knight is captured by a Chinese acupuncturist who (incorrectly) believes he killed his mother years before. He identifies Nick as a Jiangshi.
  • City of Adventure: Toronto has a serial killer for every day of the year.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: In one episode a woman whom Nick had dismissed as being a vampire because she'd been seen in daylight turns out to have a Split Personality, one vampire and the other human. Natalie sees this as a good sign, and in an Amnesia Episode she's hopeful that if Nick doesn't remember he's a vampire he'll be cured, but it doesn't work out that way; he can eat solid food but is still scalded by sunlight.
  • Clip Show:
    • "Close Call," in which Schanke starts putting together all the strange things he's noticed about Nick (and comes this close to confirming that Nick is a vampire).
    • The final episode "Last Knight"—this, plus a monologue by LaCroix, serves as filler, which doesn't help what would inevitably be a controversial episode.
  • Coconut Superpowers: Actually used on-screen flying effects in the first season, but because of safety and budget issues, decided to imply Nick's flight by just having him lifted up before cutting to an in-flight viewpoint and then to him "landing" at his destination.
  • Coincidental Broadcast: LaCroix is a late night radio host called The Nightcrawler; his Suspiciously Specific Sermons often plug into what Nick is thinking or investigating. Given the close eye he keeps on Nick this is likely deliberate.
  • Confessional: "For I Have Sinned" follows the 'priest hears a confession of an upcoming murder' plot, though the killer claims to be proud of his work rather than repentent. There's also the Fake Priest version when Nick takes refuge in the confession booth while staking out the church for the killer, and people start going into the other side to confess their sins. At first Nick pretends to be asleep, but then Schanke comes into the booth to confess, so he puts on an Irish accent until Schanke figures out what's going on and angrily pulls open the door to confront him. Nick maintains his Irish accent and reiterates his command to say his Hail Marys.
  • Consulting a Convicted Killer: In "Trophy Girl", Nick goes to see Christopher Scheer aka "The Mortician" in prison for insight into the Serial Killer of the week. Scheer pegs Nick as a killer and suggests they are Not So Different, and Nick is not inclined to disagree. Scheer also mentions a kindred spirit on the internet called "Rosebud". Instead of being the killer, Rosebud turns out at the end of the episode to be LaCroix. Maybe Nick should have just asked his sire for advice and spared himself the trouble of a prison visit?
  • Creepy Child: Divia, who is both LaCroix's mortal daughter and later his maker, after being turned into a vampire by the Ancient One, who chose to bring her across because he recognised the evil in her, even as a human.
  • Critical Psychoanalysis Failure: An episode had a serial killer who escaped from a mental institution. He talks about killing in such an enticing way that he almost drives Nick (a vampire trying to "go straight") into killing again. Also, his ranting has already gotten to his therapist: she kills one of her patients, and is about to kill another when Nick stops her.
  • Cunning Linguist: Thanks to Nick's long life and extensive travels. He's shown speaking French (which is the language he originally spoke as a human) and Chinese in the pilot episode, and can usually speak whatever other language is needed.
  • Curse That Cures: A blind woman regains her sight after being turned into a vampire, and vampire blood is used to increase the intelligence of a mentally challenged teenager.
  • Da Chief: Downplayed; Precinct Captain Stonetree (Season One), Cohen (Season Two) and Reese (Season Three) are the Deadpan Snarker Reasonable Authority Figure rather than Mean Boss type, probably because the audience wouldn't believe the latter could possibly intimidate a Vampire Detective.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Inverted. LaCroix's daughter Divia became a vampire first and is the reason for him becoming one too, not the other way around. She's also far more amoral and embracing of her monstrous nature than even her Machiavellian father, which led him to seal her away for two thousand years.
  • Demonization: A flashback in which Hitler was portrayed as a man so full of evil that it made him too evil to turn into a vampire.
  • Depleted Phlebotinum Shells: In the episode "Hunted", a hunter shoots Nick with bullets stuffed with garlic.
  • Dirty Harriet: Tracy goes undercover at an escort agency to find the serial killer-of-the-week in "Trophy Girl". As per usual for this trope she's snatched by the killer before she's forced to have sex with anyone to maintain her cover.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Nick's vampiric dependency on blood is treated like alcoholism. It's said that he could even become human again like he wanted if he could just kick the habit. At one point, he even tries a 12-step program.
  • Dramatic Hour Long: The first season aired with 40 minutes per episode on CBS, and 47 minutes on Canadian broadcasts. Fans were soon passing around videotapes of the "Canadian versions" and posting transcripts of missing scenes; while many of the longer episodes contained filler scenes of Nick brooding, some contained important plot points or character development. The later two seasons only had one version.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Cpt. Amanda Cohen and police detective Don Schanke were unceremoniously killed off off-screen in a plane crash, in the first episode of the series' last season.
  • Due to the Dead: In season 3, Vachon buries Screed after he's killed, and later, Tracy buries Vachon next to Screed, knowing they were friends. LaCroix also burns Divia's body on a pyre.
    LaCroix: I shall wait until the flames go out, then I shall scatter her ashes to the wind. I may even say a prayer.
    • In the final episode after Nick accidentally kills Natalie, LaCroix is willing to delay their leaving so they can bury her. Nick asks to be staked instad.
  • Emergency Transformation:
    • Nick acceded to Natalie's request to vamp her brother when he was fatally shot. It didn't go well.
    • When it looks like an asteroid will cause The End of the World as We Know It, Natalie asks for Nick to bring her across as the only way of surviving (even though the vampires aren't sure they'll survive without any mortal life to feed on). When he refuses, she gets drunk and goes looking for a vampire who's less squeamish.
    • Then in the final episode Tracy gets fatally injured, and a guilt-ridden Nick is about to bring her across when Natalie interrupts. Natalie had earlier proposed using the method that worked on Janette to make him human, but as it could have killed Natalie or turned her into a vampire he refused. So she's not impressed that Nick was about to turn someone else without even knowing if they wanted it.
  • Enigmatic Minion: Larry Merlin, a forger who provides vampires fake ID's, and Miklos, a bartender at The Raven, are this due to being the only characters in the show aware of the vampire community whose status as vampires or mortals is never confirmed.
  • Equivalent Exchange: One episode featured a mystic healer that could take darkness out of people. However, said mystic happened to be a novice at her craft, and didn't know that this darkness had to be put somewhere, (usually into an inanimate object of some sort), and wound up absorbing it herself and being overwhelmed by it. The episode had a really sad end to it, Nick was quite close to becoming human again, with most of his vampiric urges gone. But she herself was absorbing his darkness and becoming a vampire. She died from "OD'ing" on his evil, which he re-absorbed into himself. Her grandfather alluded that she might have been capable of fully healing Nick (or at least making his gains permanent) if she had been more skilled.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Divia again. What got her trapped in a sarcophagus was her demanding that LaCroix have sex with her — which he refused to do, because she was, you know, his daughter. (Did we mention that she was physically 11 years old? And looked even younger?) During the episode, after she declares that she considers his refusal a betrayal, LaCroix invokes this trope: "I always thought evil was a finite entity until you showed me otherwise. Even I have my limits, Divia!"
    • In another episode's flashbacks, Nick and LaCroix meet a young German soldier named Adolf Hitler on a train. At first, LaCroix wants to bring him across, but he eventually decides not to: there's a kind of evil in him that "we don't need."
    • When LaCroix bites Jack the Ripper it seriously debilitates him, and he tells Nick to go finish the Ripper off. Nick, who doubts anyone could be more evil than his sire, doesn't bother doing so — to his regret.
  • Exposition of Immortality:
    • Nick has incriminating evidence photos of him from previous time periods, mementos like Joan of Arc's cross, and plenty of memories that he likes to share, usually Once an Episode.
    • LaCroix too, when he's trying to convince Nick that Living Forever Is Awesome.
    "I taught Nero the tune, and together we watched Rome burn. I rode with Charlemagne, and taught Genghis Khan lessons in war."note 
  • Extra Y, Extra Violent: One episode centers on a legend that a (female) vampire who mated with an XYY male "higher than high, under the light of the full moon" would become human. The XYY human did have extra violent tendencies.
  • Eye Color Change: Vampires' eyes turn golden when they vamp out.
  • Face Your Fears: In "For I Have Sinned", the murderer is a religious maniac who goes to church, so Nick has to confront his fear of religious icons, while in "The Fire Inside" the murderer uses a flamethrower, forcing Nick to deal with his fear of fire.
  • Fanservice: Albeit of the Family-Friendly Stripper version—Toplessness from the Back, lingerie and leather—but not much else.
  • Fantastic Drug: For vampires, blood seems to be this, or Psycho Serum (in the pilot, Lacroix says that Nick doesn't have the strength to defeat him unless he drinks human blood). Nick attempts to become mortal are often played like someone kicking alcoholism.
  • Fantastic Medicinal Bodily Product: "Fever" had a undeadly virus going about the vampire community. Originally contracted by sucking the blood of a lab rat which had been used to test an HIV vaccine, it can only be cured by sucking the blood of an AIDS victim.
  • Fate Worse than Death:
    • When an extinction-level asteroid is predicted to strike the Earth causing a twenty-year long nuclear winter, LaCroix muses to Nick that even if their kind survives it would hardly be worth existing without humanity to draw sustenance from—not only as prey but as providers of society and culture. It's the only occasion when LaCroix admits that being immortal isn't as good as he makes out.
    • Averted when Divia turns up for revenge on LaCroix for sealing her away for millenia. At first it looks like she's planning Laser-Guided Karma on her father, but she decides that killing him so he'll suffer eternal damnation in the Afterlife is an appropriate fate.
  • Fever Dream Episode: In "Curiouser and Curiouser", Nick is suspended pending investigation into a robbery he tried to stop where an Innocent Bystander was killed. He goes home and falls asleep, then wakes up to find that he's a human Defective Detective married to Janette (who's human as well because vampires don't exit) and having an affair with Natalie who's the precinct captain instead of the coroner, and Always Second Best to his partner Schanke instead of the other way round. The Murder of the Week is "The Nightcrawler" LaCroix who's been stabbed (with an ordinary knife) at his radio station. Things get weirder with Alice Allusions galore and LaCroix speaking to him from the TV set. Turns out it's repressed guilt over how Nick has been treating his friends on top of his vampire issues. As per Alice in Wonderland, he then wakes up to find that it's All Just a Dream. Then word comes in about a murder at a radio station...
  • Final Season Casting: The third season sees Janette gone and LaCroix taking over her club, Nick's partner Schanke replaced with Tracy Vetter, Capt. Cohen replaced with Capt. Reese, and the introduction of a new vampire, Vachon, plus two recurring vampire characters, Screed and Urs.
  • Find the Cure!: Ostensibly the reason why Nick and Natalie stay together. Though Natalie calls out Nick on not sticking to her treatment regimen, implying he's not trying as hard as he could.
  • Firemen Are Hot: Janette gets together with a hunky firefighter. When she says, "He knocked down my door, swept me off my feet and carried me off," she is not speaking figuratively. She is, however, neglecting to mention that her apartment was on fire at the time.
  • Flashback: Every episode has flashbacks to something in the past (usually of Nick, but sometimes one of the other vampires) that's related—directly or thematically—to the case being investigated. The flashbacks are sometimes happening In-Universe, as shown when Nick is called out over his Thousand-Yard Stare or drifts into oncoming traffic.
  • Flash Step: Used by vampires for a Stealth Hi/Bye, Deadly Lunge or just scaring humans by appearing in their face suddenly.
  • Flatline Plotline: The subject of "Near Death". Nick too crosses over, in order to find if he's damned forever.
  • Flight: Vampires can fly in this series (and no, they don't have wings). Nick himself is often seen flying around the city when a car isn't fast enough. His partner is often puzzled as to how Nick always gets to the scene of crime ahead of him.
  • "Flowers for Algernon" Syndrome: Natalie uses vampire blood to increase a mentally challenged teenager's intelligence to enable him to act as a witness in a murder investigation.
  • For the Evulz: This frequently seems to be LaCroix's motivation, as pointed out by Natalie in "Francesca":
    Natalie: Maybe someone's messing with your head. LaCroix?
    Nick: Why would he do that?
    Natalie: Because he's evil?
    • This is Divia's entire motivation, to an extent that even LaCroix is disgusted.
  • Frame-Up: At the start of Season 2, LaCroix turns out to be Not Quite Dead, and tries to drive Nick from his life by framing him a vigilante who's been killing drug dealers recently by planting his watch on a body. It's Not Helping Your Case that Nick keeps bottles of blood in his fridge and has to break out of the van taking him to prison to avoid burning to death. Then Natalie tries to fudge his DNA test only to inadvertently swap his DNA with the real killer, who's a morgue attendent. Fortunately he eventually confesses and it's assumed he swapped the DNA samples himself.
  • Freudian Excuse: One episode featured a serial killer who was targeting women because of memories of his horribly abusive mother. They all reminded him of her in some way, but since they're not his actual mother he didn't derive any closure from it and had to keep on killing.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampires: Nick and Vachon; others not so much. Vampires don't have to kill when feeding, but their Blood Lust means they have a good chance of draining the victim once they've started.
  • Friendship Moment
    • In the pilot Nick and Schanke don't like each other much. After Schanke borrows Nick's vintage Cadillac without asking and crashes it, he thinks Nick will be furious. He is (not least because he was trapped in the trunk at the time), but admits that Schanke was right about the case they were investigating, so agrees to forgive him instead.
    • Divia is killing off LaCroix's friends, so everyone at the Raven is staying well away from him. Nick however promises to be there if he needs him, and LaCroix is visibly moved.
  • Fully-Embraced Fiend: LaCroix and Janette think that Nicholas is only going to hurt himself by clinging to his guilt and his human friends in a fruitless quest for redemption.
  • Go into the Light: A flashback to when Nicholas was brought across showed that after his blood was drained by LaCroix, he saw a veiled woman standing in a glowing doorway. LaCroix then called on Nicholas to turn away from the light and return to him, while the veiled woman offers him the choice of going on to the Afterlife, or returning to Earth to live as a vampire. That week's Flatline Plotline involved Nicholas recreating his Near-Death Experience to see if the other choice is still an option or if he's eternally damned. This time the Psychopomp looks like LaCroix, which is explained as the evil within him changing the form of the guide (who is apparently the same being he met before). The guide explains that he can pass into the light but his soul will be judged for the thousands that he has killed over the centuries, or he can continue to atone for his actions on Earth. Fortunately Natalie and Schanke are able to revive him so he can.
  • Hero's Classic Car: Nick drives a 1962 Cadillac Series 62. It's because it has the most trunk space of any car from the last 30 years; in case he gets caught away from home during the day, he can just curl up in the trunk and wait until night. In the original TV movie, the car was a '59 Cadillac Convertible, but it was changed to the '62 for the series.
    Vachon: Cars are sexier with fins, aren't they? More predatory.
    Nick: To me it's a question of trunk space.
    Vachon: Pragmatist!
  • Hemo Erotic: Word of God states that male vampires can't have erections, so blood drinking is not just a part of sex, but a substitute for sex.
  • Hen Pecked Husband: Schanke is alway griping about—or trying to placate—his unseen wife Myra.
  • The Hero Dies: Nicolas asks LaCroix to stake him after he takes too much blood from Natalie.
  • Holy Burns Evil: Vampires are vulnerable to holy objects from any faith, not just crosses and Christian articles; Divia and The Ancient One are imprisoned in sarcophagi sealed with the disk of the Egyptian sun god Ra. Nick is able to hold a cross due to both deliberate exposure and his attempts at redemption. The episode "For I Have Sinned" shows him fondly regarding a cross that belonged to Jeanne D'arc. In the flashback, the cross set his hand ablaze, meaning he could not hold it up for her while she was being burned at the stake. Now, he can hold it with only minor injury, as he demonstrates to Natalie.
  • Hotter and Sexier: The replacement of Nick's first partner—a balding, middle-aged guy—with his second, an attractive young blonde.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: In "Hunted", Nick and Schanke track a vigilante killer who offers two million dollars to any criminal who escapes her hunt alive. When she discovers that Nick is a vampire, she kidnaps Schanke and holds him hostage to force Nick to play along. And the Flashback B-Plot involves a Vampire Hunter.
  • I Hate You, Vampire Dad:
    • Nick had a very... difficult relationship with his maker.
    • Divia killed her maker The Ancient One because she refused to be controlled by him. Even LaCroix is shocked by this, if only because someone who has lived so long should be respected. Ironically he then tries to kill Divia, who is both his daughter and maker. She doesn't take this well.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten!: After realising that Nicholas and Natalie have fallen in love, LaCroix threatens to kill her (in payback for Nicholas refusing to let his sister be brought across after LaCroix had fallen in love with her). Nicholas claims that he's only manipulating Natalie to give her added incentive to cure him, so LaCroix challenges Nicholas to bring her across. Nicholas vamps out and pretends he's about to do so, and fortunately LaCroix changes his mind at the last moment.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: One of Nick's driving motivations is the desire to be mortal. Unfortunately, his other driving desire is to make up for his centuries of killing by doing police work and he constantly uses his vampiric powers as a detective. If he ever lost them, he'd be dead within the week.
  • Immortal Procreation Clause: Vampires cannot have children of their own. This leads a 200-year old vampire lover of Nick to kill herself by committing Suicide by Sunlight because she can't bring anything new to the world.
  • Immune to Mind Control:
    • Nick and other vampires use a Jedi Mind Trick to keep up The Masquerade, but some people are naturally immune—unrelated to any other character quality (intelligence, strong-mindedness, etc.). Those are the ones who become ** Secret Keepers, get turned, or are killed. Several incidences where Nick tries to hypnotise an armed criminal into surrendering end badly because of this.
    • Also the Jedi Mind Trick won't work on someone who has proof of what they saw, such as a photograph or film, as they only have to look at the image again to remind themselves they weren't imagining it. This causes problems in "Unreality TV" when a documentary crew is recording Nick at work (while the Flashback B-Plot deals with a Civil War photographer who captured LaCroix flying on camera, with fatal consequences for him).
  • Immune to Bullets: Nick is often shot in the line of duty, but since he's a vampire he quickly recovers. He'll often use this to his advantage as well by making himself a shield for other people who wouldn't be able to survive it otherwise. Of course he always claims it was Only a Flesh Wound or he was wearing a Bulletproof Vest. Subverted in the final episode when Nick gets shot and the bullet passes through his body and inflicts a fatal injury on Tracy.
  • Immunity Disability: If someone learns of vampires, a vampire will hypnotize them to forget. If they're one of the few people who are immune to hypnosis they'll usually be killed.
  • Improvised Cross:
    • In the season two premiere, Nick puts two planks of wood together to ward off his former master LaCroix. His hands are smouldering from holding the cross, but LaCroix breaks and flees before he does.
    • In "For I Have Sinned", even the sight of a corpse left in the crucifix position is disturbing to Nick.
    • Played for laughs in "Hunters" when Schanke does the "cross my heart" gesture to Janette.
      Janette: Please...don't do that in front of me.
  • I Work Alone: Nick in the pilot episode, for entirely pragmatic reasons. However pressure to solve the 'Vampire Killer' murders means he's forced to take a partner who can work the day shift. This is Schanke, whom he's previously been shown butting heads with.

  • Jedi Mind Trick: Vampires can do this to most humans, but there are limits. Some people are immune to hypnotism, and Nick was unable to hypnotise a photographer who caught evidence of vampires on camera as they just had to look at the recorded image to remind themselves they weren't seeing things.
  • Kill 'Em All: We really mean it about the Downer Ending. Okay, you asked for it. After a season of killing off or sending away the supporting cast, Vachon is staked by Tracy to stop him turning completely evil after Divia bites him. Then in the following episode Tracy gets killed in the line of duty, with Nick facing an Internal Affairs investigation for killing the guy who shot her. Then, while preparing to make love to his mortal love interest Natalie, Nick drinks so much blood from her that she ends up near death. Instead of turning her into a vampire and a killer (she had previously said she was "not afraid of death, or an eternity in darkness" if it meant they would be together), he chooses to let her die, then asks LaCroix to kill him, as he can't live without her. LaCroix's final line (the final line of the series) as he stands behind Nick with a stake, summed up many fans' reaction to this ending: "Damn you, Nicholas.")
  • Kill the Poor: One of the show's most despicable of its many killers-of-the-week was a businessman who considered the poor to be parasites and took the mantle of "Dragon" so he could exterminate them with a flame thrower. He even lured in one of his victims by promising the man some spare change.
  • Killed to Uphold the Masquerade: The vampire community has Enforcers who will kill vampires who break The Masquerade, and any human who can't be hypnotised into forgetting. They only appear in "Unreality TV" though; although LaCroix and Janette are aware that Natalie is a Resister who knows about their existance, they leave her alone for the most part, LaCroix only threatening her in one episode because he thinks Nick has fallen in love with her.
  • Knight Templar: In "For I Have Sinned" the killer was a practicing Catholic who was killing women in his church who were committing sins like infidelity. He confesses this to his priest, who initially assumes he feels guilt for his crimes, but he's actually Evil Gloating, convinced that he's doing God's work.
  • Large Ham Radio: LaCroix as the Nightcrawler. He goes more for Creepy Monotone than Large Ham, but breaks out the latter after taking over the Raven and hosting an amateur strip contest there.
    LaCroix: Let us peel back the layers, let us strip away the last vestiges of decorum and civility, and reveal our inner selves. Oui, mes amis, it's Amateur Night at the Raven, and tonight our amateurs will reveal their inner selves by GETTING NAKED!
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: LaCroix has the ability to make "Resisters" forget, if not the existence of vampires, then certain memories. He uses this as a Reset Button on Natalie to forget Nick's Love Confession, and on Tracy to make her forget that she killed Vachon.
  • Lesbian Vampire: Janette showed some interest in a young prostitute, planning, at one point, on making her a vampire. Briana, a vampire bartender at the Raven, can also be seen checking out the legs of a woman dancing on top of her bar in "A More Permanent Hell".
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: Why Nicholas wanted to become a vampire. He's changed his mind by this point, but he has problems convincing other people. LaCroix of course agrees with them, but in one episode when an incoming asteroid was going to cause The End of the World as We Know It, he seems quite bitter when it turns out to be a hoax. "I have been delivered from death. To a more permanent hell."
  • Mainlining the Monster: In "If Looks Could Kill", a vampire doctor used injections of her own blood as a "miracle youth-restoring treatment" marketed to rich elderly women. Unfortunately the users suffer from homicidal outbursts, and Rapid Aging if the treatments stop.
  • Missing Reflection: Zig-zagged. Most vampires don't appear in mirrors, but Nick having a reflection was handwaved as being because of his progress toward humanity. In reality, budget issues prevented the editing out of every reflection.
  • Monster and the Maiden: Nick Knight is an 800 year old vampire working as a police detective in hopes of regaining his mortality and atoning for the people he killed. Natalie Lambert is a coroner whose slab he wakes up on after seemingly dying. She's a partial resister and he can't hypnotize her into forgetting, but she sets out to help him become human again.
  • Must Be Invited: Averted for Rule of Drama. Kinda inconvenient if a cop can't enter a perp's place without an invite. You could argue that a search warrant would apply, but it's not like Nick always waits for one.
  • Never Suicide:
    • An intern at a hospital is murdered in a way that makes it look like a suicide (slashed wrists in the shower when she was already depressed), but Nick correctly suspects that the woman was murdered.
    • Averted when an astronomer shoots herself after discovering an extinction-level asteroid is hit Earth. Nick insists on digging into the case even though every cop is needed to keep order as society collapses, but his investigation shows she really did commit suicide.
  • Non-Residential Residence:
    • Nick's loft was a converted warehouse. The building actually exists in Real Life Toronto.
    • Vachon lives in an abandoned church.
  • Nepotism: Tracy is the daughter of the police commissioner, and is very aware of the effect this has on her career and how people treat her. This makes her overly eager to prove herself, which often gets her into trouble.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Tracy and Natalie listen to a talk show psychiatrist describing a woman on a Jerry Springer-expy who claimed that her boyfriend was a vampire, claiming that such 'fantasy' relationships are ultimately abusive, unrequited emotionally, and involve no sex (contrary to what the woman claimed). This can't help striking a chord even though the woman's boyfriend turns out to be entirely human.
  • The Older Immortal:
    • LaCroix was probably born circa 35 A.D. or so, has a millennium or so on Nick and Janette, who are already among the oldest vampires on the show.
    • The oldest immortal mentioned in the show is a thousands-year old vampire known as "The Ancient One" who turned LaCroix's daughter, who in turn turned him. Supposedly Egyptian, but hinted to be even older.
  • Opening Narration: Read by LaCroix during the Title Sequence (see page quote).
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Averted; our vampires are pretty much the 1800s classics. Garlic repels them, sunlight causes them pain but doesn't kill them particularly quickly (although it will still kill them), stakes or beheadings kill them, crosses repel them and so on. However Must Be Invited is averted for Rule of Drama, and Missing Reflection for budget reasons.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • The vampire enforcers let Tay go after she is hypnotized and her evidence is destroyed.
    • When Schanke begins to suspect that Nick and his friends are vampires, Nick and Janette worry that LaCroix will kill him. Instead LaCroix just talks through the situation with Schanke and, without even using a Jedi Mind Trick, is able to convince him that he's stressed out and imagining things.
    • Despite voicing some contempt for humans, Janette still acts to protect Nick's friends when they look like getting into trouble. When Schanke or Natalie have attracted the attention of vampires at the Raven she's stepped in to protect them, and she was willing to tolerate Schanke staying there when a Cop Killer was hunting him.
  • Phone-Trace Race: One episode had a serial killer phoning a radio psychiatrist, and killing his victims on the air; he knew about phone tracing, and was keeping his calls short enough to prevent a trace. He also specifically called from a public phone when he expects them to be running a trace for this reason. When he kidnaps the psychiatrist, Nick takes her place on the air, and starts playing mind games with the killer so that he stops watching his clock and stays on the phone too long.
  • Pilot Movie: Nick Knight, starring Rick Springfield as Nicholas, aired in 1989. Although it used almost exactly the same script as the show's actual pilot, the entire cast except for John Kapelos was replaced, including the coroner changing from male to female, and the setting moved from Los Angeles to Toronto.
  • Poor Communication Kills: In "Baby, Baby", Serena asked Nick to give her "eternity"; Nick interpreted this as a request to bring her across and uncharacteristically did so...after which it turned out she'd wanted to get pregnant. Ooops.
  • The Power of Blood:
    • Although Nick drinks cow blood, the human kind is implied to be more potent. In the pilot LaCroix tells Nick he won't be strong enough to defeat him unless he drinks from the Damsel in Distress he's protecting. Natalie uses human blood to revive Nick when he's near death.
    • Feeding on blood enables you to receive their memories, and vampires can use this to gain the skills and knowledge of the person being fed on. When vampires feed on vampires, both parties get the memories through cross contamination; Divia uses this to kill other vampires.
    • Injecting humans with vampire blood uses its Healing Factor to cure disabilities or even reverse aging. However you have to keep up the treatment and Side-Effects Include... unpleasant behaviour changes.
  • The Power of Love: In "The Human Factor", Janette returns to Toronto as a mortal. Turns out she fell in love with a human, and after revealing that she was a vampire he allowed her to feed on him. Janette says the love she felt calmed her bloodlust and she was able to take less and less. Then when he was murdered she tries to vamp out to save his life with an Emergency Transformation, only to find that she had become human. Natalie is understandably skeptical; in a Daydream Surprise she pins the cause on the surge of hormones caused by the shock of her lover's death. However in "Last Knight", Natalie gets tired of trying the scientific method to no avail, and is willing to risk it. Unfortunately Nick (probably because unlike Janette he hadn't drunk human blood for a long time) loses control and drains Natalie completely. Rather than bring Natalie across, Nick chooses to die so they'll be Together in Death.
  • Pretend to Be Brainwashed: A vampire at the Raven uses the Jedi Mind Trick to make Natalie take him to her house so he can feed on her. Natalie, as the audience knows, is immune to hypnosis so she just plays along until she gets to her house, then tries to lock the vampire outside. Unfortunately he has Villain Teleportation among his powers.
  • Pro Wrestling Episode: "Fallen Idol" involves the murder of a pro wrestler.
  • Punny Title: Nicholas Knight is an immortal vampire, so the title references both his unending life and his lifestyle, as sunlight will kill him.
  • Reincarnation: In "Francesca", a murder spree is traced back to a hypnotherapy patient who's the reincarnation of Nick's vampiric former lover (the titular 18th century Countess). Before the episode is over, the patient undergoes a full-blown Split-Personality Takeover (complete with creepy crossdressing) and must be killed by Nick (again). At the end of the episode, Tracy, who has been having nightmares about Francesca throughout the investigation, goes to the same hypnotherapist — and is revealed to be the reincarnation of a violinist whom Francesca murdered.
  • Raising the Steaks: One episode shows that even dogs can be turned into vampires.
  • Refuge in Audacity:
    • Nick usually vamps out when confronting the Villain of the Week at the climax of the episode, knowing that no-one will believe a criminal who said his arresting officer can fly and has fangs like Dracula.
    • Schanke gets an earful from a woman on the phone when he calls her "honey". When he's finished griping about this to Nick, the latter tells Natalie, "Goodbye, honey" and gives her a kiss on the cheek, to her complete bemusement.
  • RPG Episode: "The Games Vampires Play" involved a MMORPG where the player character is a vampire.
  • Sadistic Choice: In the very first episode, Nick has a split second to decide whether to save an innocent woman from his maker, or catch a falling cup that is the key to his cure for vampirism. He picks the woman, so later he's presented with a choice of feeding on her to give him the strength to fight Lacroix, or refusing to and Lacroix will likely kill them both. The woman is actually willing to take the risk, but Nick refuses only for Lacroix to kill her anyway (and in the final shot it's shown she became a vampire as well).
  • Scenery Censor: In a point-of-view shot in "Dance by the Light of the Moon", Nick raises his badge just in time to block our view of a topless stripper's below-the-neck-area as she turns to face him. This scene was used in the opening title sequence for obvious reasons.
  • Secret-Keeper:
    • The coroner Natalie Lambert found out about vampires when Nick woke up on her autopsy table and was unable to hypnotise her into forgetting this.
    • Ironically, Nick's third season partner Tracy Vetter knows that vampires exist but not that Nick is one. She thinks that she's keeping the secret of their existence from him.
  • Seen It All: In "If Looks Could Kill", when Natalie suggests that the mystery of the week involves "some kind of Dorian Gray thing" that Nick doesn't know about, Nick retorts, "Something I haven't encountered in 800 years on several continents?"
  • Sequel Episode: The flashbacks in the Season 2 episode "A More Permanent Hell" introduce LaCroix's vampire daughter Divia. The Season 3 episode "Ashes to Ashes" shows what happened to her.
  • Sheet of Glass: Double Subverted in the Pilot Movie. A runaway car, barreling down the hill. Guys carrying pane of glass across the road. Driver yelling and trying to wave them off. Frightened face of car's helpless driver reflected in the glass. Guys make it out of the way in time, saving the glass...except they're so busy watching the car, they walk into a nearby tree, smashing the glass anyway.
  • Shoot the Builder: Just to show us that LaCroix was evil before he became a vampire, he's shown as a Roman general, boasting of how he had the eyes of the sculptor of his bust put out, and ordered his legionaries to rape the Gaulish women after his victory.
  • Sneaky Departure: Their immortal lifestyle encourages vampires to just up and leave to avoid forming permanent attachments to humans. Janette disappears at the start of Season 3 with LaCroix citing this as the explanation, but it's later revealed she told LaCroix she was leaving because Nick's search for humanity was making her doubt herself as a vampire. In that same episode Nick wonders if he should move on as well as his attempt to Find the Cure! doesn't seem to be getting results. After he turns in his badge, Natalie gives him hell because she found out the news from a desk sergeant, implying he was intending to slip out on her as well.
  • Spider-Sense: Vampires can sense other vampires in their 'family'. Nick feels that he's Being Watched when LaCroix comes Back from the Dead, and LaCroix feels the same when Divia turns up. When Janette returns to Toronto, LaCroix rejects the idea that she's the murder suspect in the photofit Nick hands him because neither of them have sensed her presence, foreshadowing for The Reveal that she's become mortal.
  • Staking the Loved One: In "Ashes to Ashes", after Vachon is bitten by Divia, the memories of the evil she has done threaten to overwhelm him, so he gets Tracy to stake him. Nick finds her cradling his body, and asks LaCroix to hypnotise her to think Vachon just decided to move on elsewhere. Then in the episode after that LaCroix stakes Nicholas when he also choses to commit suicide.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Nick and Natalie, due among other things to the human/vampire Can't Have Sex, Ever factor and LaCroix's declared intention to take vengeance on any woman Nick truly loves.
  • Stronger with Age: LaCroix surviving Nick staking and burning him in the pilot is put down to this; it's Blessed with Suck when it looks like the world will end and older vampires like LaCroix will linger on, starving on a devestated planet. His daughter Divia, having been sired by The Ancient One, apparently recieved some of his powers as she can survive decapitation and internment for millenia. She's also staked and burned, and her father declares he'll scatter her ashes to the winds to stop her resurrecting again.
  • Suicide by Sunlight:
    • In "Last Act", a female vampire friend of Nicholas does this; it's assumed to be Spontaneous Human Combustion by a witness. Given that the case of the week involves an apparent suicide, it starts Nick wondering if he should solve his problems this way as well.
    • In "Can't Run, Can't Hide", a Vietnamese vampire who LaCroix brought over so he could get revenge on the US Army squad who slaughtered his village does this after the last one is dead (also by suicide over regret of the massacre).
    • The female vampire who turned Vachon and his enemy the Inca into vampires committed suicide by sunlight soon afterward.
    • Nick attempted suicide this way once, only to pull back as he started to burn.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: The vampires have shining gold eyes in vamp-face.
  • Supernatural Soap Opera: Inverted. The show is not just a Supernatural Soap Opera which claims to be about a Detective who is a repentant vampire, it was an actual crime drama with mundane criminals and regular police work, that also happened to feature a repentant vampire.
  • Super Senses: Nick's super hearing is good for eavesdropping on suspects and hearing the screams of ongoing crimes, though not so good when you're stuck in a metal trunk and your partner has turned the radio up too loud.
  • Tag-Along Actor: In "Amateur Night," an actress shadows police detectives Nick and Schanke to research for a movie role. She ends up getting too involved in the case, putting herself and others in danger. In a humorous parallel, Schanke learns more about the movie business and decides he wants to purse an acting career.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Shcanke's old partner has some of this in the perhaps one minute he appears before being killed.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth:
    • Hitler and Jack The Ripper, who were too evil for even LaCroix to feed from.
    • At least for younger vampires being bitten by Divia is fatal; implied to be because her evil overwhelms them so much they can't regenerate.
  • Translation Convention: Usually involves characters speaking a few lines in a foreign language and then switching to English, or switching back and forth between the two.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: Double Subverted In-Universe. In "Feeding the Beast", Schanke sees a painting Nick has been working on and delivers a flood of gibberish on its meaning, which just happens to fit the issues Nick is struggling with, and which he undoubtedly put into his art.
  • Two Words: I Can't Count: In the first episode, Nick Knight has been unwillingly partnered with Don Schanke, who is telling Nick he's a better cop thanks to his gut instincts. Just then Nick goes roaring up an alley because his vampire super-hearing has picked up a woman being murdered. When Schanke asks how he knew, Nick says sarcastically, "Three words: In-tu-ition."
  • Un-Cancelled: The show was originally canceled during its first season, but was saved by a massive letter-writing campaign. Canceled and saved again after the second season.
  • Un-Confession:
    • In "Be My Valentine", Nick and Natalie finally openly declare their love... except LaCroix doesn't like Nick being in love with a mortal because he had to give up his love for Nick's sister 800 years ago (which somehow never came up with any of Nick's previous mortal Love Interests). By the end of the episode, Natalie has lost her memory of the entire preceding day.
    • In "Feeding the Beast", Nick tells Schanke that he has an addiction as part of a Twelve Step program he tries to cope with his Blood Lust. Given that Schanke has seen the bottles of 'wine' Nick keeps in his otherwise empty fridge, he naturally assumes that Nick is an alcoholic.
  • Undead Tax Exemption: There are people who specialize in providing fake identities for the vampire community.
  • Unexplained Recovery:
    • In the two-part pilot episode, LaCroix is impaled on a steel construction frame by Nick, only to give an Eye Awaken. So the next time they fight he impales LaCroix with a wooden length of timber that's on fire, to make sure he's really dead. LaCroix then just appears in flashbacks until Season 2, when he turns up to torment Nick again; his only explanation being that he's too old and powerful to be killed.
    • Divia survived being decapitated and sealed up in a sacophagus for centuries. LaCroix theorises that the evil concentrated in her place of imprisonment sustained her, but admits he doesn't really know. Nick in turn survives being bitten by her (which is fatal to Vachon) either because he's an older vampire or, as LaCroix suggests, he's becoming more human.
  • Undeathly Pallor: Nick's tan is explained in the first episode as Nick exposing himself to the sun for strictly limited amounts, as part of his attempts to cure his vampirism (Season 2 has him using a sunbed). Other vampires play it straight.
  • Unwitting Muggle Friend: Pretty much everyone on the police force, especially Schanke and Vetter.
  • Valentine's Day Episode: In "Be My Valentine" the Serial Killer-of-the-week is killing lonely women. In other news, Nick and Natalie decide to stop being Just Friends, but unfortunately LaCroix has other ideas.
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods: Nick is certainly attractive to numerous women, but subverted in that as a vampire, he can't safely have sex with mortals.
  • The Vamp: The villain in "Dance by the Light of the Moon" was a stripper who seduced various men and induced them to commit crimes for her before killing them, pretty much solely for thrills (she was already wealthy enough to live quite comfortably). Even Nick himself (a literal vampire) is tempted.
  • Vampire Detective Series: Possibly the Trope Maker.
  • Vampires Own Nightclubs: The Raven, the goth nightclub initially owned by Janette, which the vampires use for dancing, hunting (as humans go there as well) and sanctuary. When she left in the third season, Lacroix took it over and made it less goth and more Hotter and Sexier.
  • Vampires Sleep in Coffins:
    • When a Police Psychic has a vision of Nick sleeping in a coffin he explains that he doesn't, though most her visions are true. He just sleeps in a bed (and even a sunbed), or the trunk of his car when he's caught away from his home in daylight.
    • While hiding out at the Raven, Schanke decides to check out the Creepy Basement and is surprised to find a coffin there. Janette stops him just in time from opening it, as there's a vampire lying in it (she explains away the coffin by saying that some members of her nightclub have unusual fetishes).
  • Vegetarian Vampire:
    • Nick drinks cow blood rather than feed off humans; LaCroix finds this disgusting. He's also shown trying various green chemicals that Natalie mixes up to ween him off blood; unfortunately Nick finds them disgusting. On one occasion Nick buys a burger to eat, and when Schanke tries it, he finds it disgusting. It's tofu.
    • Vachon's friend Screed also mainly drinks animal blood, but that’s more due to developing a taste from it because of how he was turned. This cause problems when a Cross Species Disease from a rat infects the vampire community.
  • Vehicular Sabotage: In the pilot Two-Part Episode, Nick hides in the trunk of his vintage Cadillac to shield himself from the sun. Schanke then borrows the car without permission, not knowing Nick is stuck in the back. They both have an Oh, Crap! moment when it turns out the Serial Killer they're investigating has cut the brake lines.
  • Villain of the Week: Nick Knight generally faces a new criminal every week in his job as a metropolitan police detective. Recurring villains include his vampire sire LaCroix.
  • Villainous BSoD: LaCroix has one of these after Divia is killed; despite the monster she became, she was still his daughter and it's clear he regrets never getting to know her better when they were human (he and her mother split up when she was young and his duties in the Roman army kept them apart for most of her life).
  • Waking Up at the Morgue: Nick and Natalie meet when Nick wakes up on her autopsy table. This is not shown in the pilot episode but via a flashback in "Only the Lonely".
  • Warm Blood Bags Are Everywhere: Schanke jibes Nick over how queasy he looks over the sight of spilled blood despite being a homicide detective. Nick can't smooch with a woman without the risk of it turning into a Deadly Hug.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Vachon’s companion Bourbon, who appears in his flashback episodes but never in the present day.
    • Nick's nephew André, whom he was guardian to after his sister's death. We don't find out where he went or what happened to him after he saw his uncle feeding in the dungeons and ran away.
  • With Friends Like These...
    • Some of the tricks Nick plays on Schanke via the Jedi Mind Trick are a bit cruel, like getting him to wash his car or not giving him Fake Memories to replace his Laser-Guided Amnesia so he looks like an idiot—the latter after Schanke shot a woman to save Nick's life (plus any officer-involved shooting is investigated by Internal Affairs, with serious consequences for Schanke's career if it looks like he's hiding something).
    • Lampshaded by LaCroix whose efforts to 'help' Nicholas often leave him suspected of crimes he didn't commit.
      "When you have a friend in the Nightcrawler, who needs enemies?"